The ministries’ joint foresight activities
Foresight activities are carried out in several ministries. All ministries are involved in the ministries’ joint foresight working group, which
- coordinates the Government’s joint foresight work,
- acts as a disseminator of foresight information and a forum for communication within the Government, and
- provides a cooperation network for ministries in preparing the Government Report on the Future.
Representatives from the ministries also work together with experts in their administrative branches and networks. The first part of the Report on the Future is prepared under the leadership of the foresight working group.
The working group also prepares ministry-specific futures reviews once per electoral term. Public officials prepare the reviews under the leadership of the ministries’ permanent secretaries. The reviews are intended for future governments and to support the preparation of the Government Programme. The Government has been drawing up reports on the future since 2003.
In addition, many ministries and administrative branches carry out foresight activities to suit the needs of a specific field, such as education or the labour market. A Secretariat assigned to the Prime Minister’s Office supports and coordinates the work of the foresight working group.